HEALTH secretary Matt Hancock has requested the UK regulator to approve the brand new Pfizer Covid vaccine.
It comes hours after the pharmaceutical large revealed it had utilized to the US regulator to push via its coronavirus vaccine for approval.
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Matt Hancock this night mentioned the UK regulators had been requested to approve the brand new vaccineCredit score: Sky Information
The UK has 20 million of the vaccines on order Credit score: AFP or licensors
If the vaccine is accepted within the US, it might be prepared by mid-December providing hope Brits might get getting the jab in only a matter of weeks.
Pfizer and BioNTech is looking for emergency approval from the US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA).
Talking at a Downing Road press convention this night Mr Hancock that the division had requested the UK regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company (MHRA) to approve the brand new vaccine.
He mentioned: “I can affirm that the federal government has formally requested the MHRA to evaluate the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for its suitability.
“If a vaccine is accepted, it would in fact be accessible throughout the UK, from our NHS, free on the level of supply in response to needn’t capacity to pay.”
‘Velocity of science’
Pfizer can also be looking for approval in Australia, Canada and Japan.
The UK has 20 million of the vaccines on order however it has not but been accepted by the MHRA.
Mr Hancock mentioned full information could be submitted within the subsequent few days.
“That is one other necessary step ahead in tackling this pandemic,” he mentioned.
Professor Jonathan Van Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, who was additionally on the convention mentioned the vaccine must be “accessible to all communities.”
Prof Van Tam appeared on the convention by way of video hyperlink as he mentioned that he was self-isolating resulting from a family contact.
He claimed that the MHRA would work “on the velocity of science” to evaluate to Pfizer vaccine.
He mentioned the velocity of the roll-out of a vaccine would depend upon the velocity it might be manufactured.
“We’re on course however there’s nonetheless a protracted solution to go”, he added.
The vaccine was confirmed to be 95 per cent efficient in stage 3 trials.
The announcement from Pfizer has been anticipated after its CEO mentioned that they had a “full image” of the virus.
Simply yesterday Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla mentioned: “Submitting within the US represents a important milestone in our journey to ship a Covid-19 vaccine to the world and we now have a extra full image of each the efficacy and security profile of our vaccine, giving us confidence in its potential.
“The businesses will likely be able to distribute the vaccine candidate inside hours after authorisation”.
European regulators are additionally anticipated to maneuver rapidly on the vaccine and European Fee president Ursula von der Leyen mentioned this might be as early because the second half of December.
Earlier as we speak Mr Hancock revealed that the UK is “weeks away” from a vaccine programme.
It can begin with NHS employees, the susceptible and the elderly, and make its way down through the age groups after that.
And it might imply individuals might get the flu jab and the coronavirus vaccine on the similar time within the close to future, he mentioned.
He mentioned the possible largest rollout would happen within the New 12 months, however added: “We nonetheless maintain out the hope we’d get some stepping into December this 12 months.”
This afternoon it was revealed that the NHS is about to roll out its coronavirus vaccine programme for the under-50s as early as January.
THE NHS’S VACCINE SCHEDULE
Leaked papers have revealed when totally different age group are more likely to obtain a Covid jab.
Starting of December: Care dwelling residents, employees and care staff
Mid December: 80+
Finish of December: 70-80
Starting of January: 65-70 and all excessive to average danger beneath 65s
Mid January: 50-65
Late January: 18-50s
Leaked paperwork reveal that the entire nation might be vaccinated as quickly as April.
The plan will see 85 million vaccine doses delivered in England by the tip of April.
Papers seen by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) state that the grownup inhabitants might begin to obtain the jab earlier than the tip of January.
Paperwork seen by the publication are dated November 13 and have been shared amongst regional NHS leaders yesterday.
The paperwork set out which teams of individuals will get the jab first.
The pencilled-in dates would depend on seven million jabs being accessible by subsequent month.
There was some anti-vax sentiment within the UK and the present NHS plan depends on there being a 75 per cent take up on vaccine programmes.
Firefighters will be part of a specifically educated military of 40,000 additional staff recruited to roll out Pfizer jabs at report velocity — with as much as a million a day forecast.
NHS bosses will goal retired medical doctors and nurses to assist, in addition to different staff with first-aid abilities, corresponding to firefighters, PCSOs and members of the Armed Forces.
Trainee medics and nurses, in addition to different frontline well being staff, may even be known as upon beneath the unconventional new drive to beat the virus.
All will obtain specialist coaching earlier than delivering the Pfizer vaccine to Brits — supported by an extra 30,000-strong military of St John Ambulance volunteers.
Each main metropolis will get a devoted mass vaccination centre, with 50 initially deliberate in Nightingale hospitals, sports activities arenas and city halls.
An extra 1,000 smaller Covid immunisation websites will likely be dotted throughout England.
NHS bosses need each GP observe to have the ability to ship the coronavirus vaccine to sufferers within the long-term, in response to particulars leaked to the Well being Service Journal.